84 Perseverance Quotes to Help You to Keep Moving Through the Tough Times

Today I’d like to share a collection of quotes on perseverance.

Because to me this is one of the most underrated things in life and one of the most powerful qualities a person can have.

People often focus on talent, inspiration and intelligence when they talk about achieving success (or overcoming tough times).

But perseverance often is forgotten.

So this post is all about that.

I hope you’ll find something here that helps you to keep moving forward and to achieve what you want – and need – in your life.

And if you want more motivation and tips that will help you to keep going and to keep growing then check out this collection of quotes on never giving up and these two with quotes on moving forward and growth mindset quotes.

84 Perseverance Quotes to Renew Your Motivation and Energy

85 Perseverance Quotes to Help You to Keep Moving Through Tough Times

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
Christopher Reeve

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
Marie Curie

“Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self-criticism.”
Albert Einstein

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race.”
James Clear

“The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth. The obstacle is an advantage, not adversity. The enemy is any perception that prevents us from seeing this.”
Ryan Holiday

“Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”
Lord Chesterfield

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Robert H. Schuller

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Henry Ford

“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Maya Angelou

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance.”
H. Jackson Brown

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.”
Helen Keller

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”
Sarah Dessen

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Randy Pausch

“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
Arnold Palmer

“Three tips for becoming successful: consistency, consistency, and consistency.”
Joe De Sana

“There is no armor like perseverance.”
Sogyal Rinpoche

“Adversity is always the partner of progress.”
John C. Maxwell

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas Edison

“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”
Christine Mason Miller

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”
Charles F. Kettering

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.”
W. Clement Stone

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
Walt Disney

“I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying.”
Tom Hopkins

“Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.”
Scott Hamilton

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
James A. Michener

“One of the most astonishing human traits: our ability to keeping getting up, lugging ourselves around and doing our stuff day after day.”
Alain de Botton

“The three ordinary things that we often don’t pay enough attention to, but which I believe are the drivers of all success, are hard work, perseverance, and basic honesty.”
Azim Premji

“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim?
Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”
Alfred Adler

”Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
Richard Branson

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.”
George Bernard Shaw

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
Julie Andrews

“A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”
B. F. Skinner

“The further the reward from the effort, the thinner the competition. Patience is the gatekeeper.”
Johnny Uzan

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

“Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.”
William Cobbett

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”
Muhammad Ali

“You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
Johnny Cash

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
Flavia Weedn

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius

“It’s always to soon to quit.”
Norman Vincent Peale

“The most important thing is to keep going. The second most important thing is to choose the right direction.”
Maxime Lagacé

“‘Tis a lesson you should heed. Try, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed – try, try, try again.”
William Edward Hickson

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”
Victor Hugo

“Amateurs give up at the first sign of trouble and assume they’re failures. Professionals see failure as part of the path to growth and mastery.”
Shane Parrish

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.”
Napoleon Hill

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.”
John Wooden

“Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.”
Napoleon Hill

“I like criticism. It makes you strong.”
LeBron James

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Chinese Proverb

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
John Wooden

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
Virgil Thomson

“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”
James Whitcomb Riley

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”
Walter Elliott

“Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements.”
Joseph P. Wirthlin

“The magnitude of a progress is gauged by the greatness of the sacrifice that it requires.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“I did not succeed in life by intelligence. I succeeded because I have a long attention span.”
Charlie Munger

“Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.”
Gillian Anderson

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
H.G. Wells

“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.”
Jerome Fleishman

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”
Lee Iacocca

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”
Thomas Edison

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”
Lou Holtz

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Dale Carnegie

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”
Edgar A. Guest


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  • Thank you for these wonderful quotes. We all need to appreciate the virtue of perseverance and tenacity at this trying time. Real champions and leaders are forged now. Let’s look out for each other and stay safe.

  • Craig Dunglison

    Thank you these are very helpful.
    Over the last year or so I have printed out the information / insights / quotes / ideas you have provided and have bound them into a book which I now read a section of each night – a refreshing activity each night – thanks again. Craig

  • Hello Henrik, Thank you for your inspiring blog and this wonderful collection of quotes. You are an inspiration. We must get up tomorrow and try again. Giving up is not an option. I will pass your blog and these quotes to people who need them almost as much as I do. Keep up the good work. Ellen.

  • Nancy Kirkaldy

    I really enjoyed the quotes. Thank you!

    • Maysie

      Thank you. Very inspiring!

  • A person’s talent, inspiration and intelligence cannot be proved without perseverance.
    To prove your talent, inspiration and intelligence you should persevere until you attain the desired results.

    It is important to note that you can definitely develop talents by persevering and can attain success but a talented person without perseverance cannot achieve anything.

    All these quotes are great but my most favorite one is- Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”

    Yes, a stream of river has the power to cleave even the mighty mountains apart.
    The noble quality of perseverance gives us the power to keep going even after encountering numerous disheartening failures.

  • These are awesome quotes to read and take inspiration …

    People say that , quote are simple words and we learn nothing from it. But they are wrong, these quotes are life experience and leanings of such great minded people…I always visit your blog to read motivational quotes…And keep doing it…

  • Such a wealth of wisdom… Thank you for your amazing collection :) Keep inspiring


    amazing post
    thanks for sharing this

  • Dear Henrik,
    I loved your perseverance quotes! I copied the ones that made me smile and lifted my spirit, to help me gather strength to fulfill heartfelt goals. I was looking for a similar minded blogger to follow and am happy to have discovered you. I love the way in your bio you tell the challenges you’ve overcome to be the successful person you are now. That is life to me, overcoming challenges to live outloud with your unique gifts. I look forward to reading more of your blogs, and am interested in how you created a successful blog with so many subscribers. I’ve written a book, The Affirming Way of Life: See the Good, Speak the Good, Spread the Good, and I blog based on the ideas in it. I’m looking for insight on how to build my followers.

  • Thank you for your continuing blog posts of an uplifting nature. Your blog is a welcome break from negative news worldwide about the pandemic.

  • BW

    Thank you for this post.

  • Joanne at Tipshack

    Great selection. Sad and frustrating challenges are nothing but life, sometimes need some help to keep our chins up.

  • Thank you for another great post of uplifting quotes Henrik. Ever since I discovered your blog, I have never missed your newest blog post.
    Share Henriks blog with your friends everyone.

  • Thank You friends, for your wonderful post

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